Jessica Johnson

Colleges, School and Institutes


I completed my PhD in 2013 at the University of Cambridge, where I also studied for my BA and MPhil. I worked for three years as a Research Fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, before joining DASA as a Lecturer in 2016. In 2018, I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • BA (Hons), Archaeology and Anthropology (Cambridge)
  • MPhil, Social Anthropological Research (Cambridge)
  • PhD, Social Anthropology (Cambridge)
  • PGCHE, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Birmingham)

Research interests

I have conducted more than two years’ fieldwork in Malawi, 2009-10 and 2015. My doctoral work concerned gender relations and marital dispute resolution in a matrilineal context. My more recent research focuses on the workings of a rural Magistrates’ court. 

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    Social Anthropology

  • Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    Social Anthropological Research

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

    Archaeology and Anthropology

Professional Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, PGCHE

    2017 - 2018

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome enquiries from students interested in gender relations, development, and legal anthropology.